Apr 3, 2012
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Insight on Rise in Interest Rates

The other day I was conducting a family business seminar for Farm Credit Services Southwest and American Ag Credit. A number of the participants were keen on understanding some of the early signals for a possible interest rate rise. Interest rates have been at a historical low for a long period of time. Not within my greatest imagination would I have predicted this economic trend five or 10 years ago. So what should we look for in a possible rise in rates?...More
Apr 3, 2012
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March 30, 2012 USDA Report Recap 2

On March 30, USDA released its Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks reports. These were very highly anticipated USDA reports, due to the uncertainty in grain prices in recent months, as well as with the tight USDA estimated grain stocks that existed on March 1. Typically, these late-March reports are very critical to farm operators and grain traders because these reports tend to have a high impact on grain market prices in the spring and early summer....More
Apr 3, 2012
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Soybean Market Needs More Acres

Tightening world soybean supplies and lower-than-expected U.S. planting intentions have the soybean market working hard to buy more acreage and ration old-crop supplies. It may now take evidence of larger plantings or a significant slowdown in demand to put another major top in the market....More

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